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40th Anniversary Event Details

Sky Island Alliance Wilderness Celebration Weekend

What: Join the Sky Island Alliance in the magnificent Chiricahuas! The Chiricahua Mountains are the largest of the Sky Islands; these mountains contain the largest Wilderness in southeast Arizona, at 87,700 acres. Home to 21 federally listed species, the Chiricahuas host an amazing diversity of plants and animals. Over half of the bird species in the US can be found in these mountains. Rich with Apache history, the Chiricahuas were a regular home, refuge, and stronghold for Native Americans before European settlement. While the existing Wilderness preserves a portion of the range, additional lands contiguous to the Wilderness area and north near Cochise Head are wild, remote, and fragile environments that deserve greater protection. We will doing wilderness hiking out of the Pinery Canyon Area. The 7.5-minute quads for the general area are: Fife Peak; Rustler Park; Portal; Stanford Canyon; and Chiricahua Peak. Schedule: Friday, September 3 – Arrive in camp, Sky Island Alliance staff will be in camp by 5:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday, September 4-6 – Hike, bird watch, bear watch, snake watch, and hike. Monday, September 6 – Hike in the morning then leave for home What to Bring: SIA will provide the any materials (maps, GPS, forms and film) needed to do field work if needed. We will divide into groups of 2-4 depending on experience level and availability of vehicles. GPS units are also very handy if you have your own. You will need to bring everything you need for 3 nights of car camping. Everyone is responsible for his or her own meals. Don’t forget the basicssuch as food and water, Warm clothes! Warm sleeping bags! tents, hiking boots, hats, and sunscreen. We’ll hope for dry, cool days, but this is Arizona so be prepared for ALL types of weather.
When: September 3-6, 2004
Where: Directions to Campsite: 1) Take I-10 east to State Route 186 in Wilcox. 2 Head East on 186 aprox. 35 miles to the turn for Chiricahua NationalMonument (SR 181). 3) Take a left on SR 181 and go aprox. 4 miles to Forest Road 42 (just before big left turn, maybe signed "Forest Access"). 4) We will try to camp in the Pinery Canyon Campground aprox 10.0 miles up FS 42, look for signs 5) If we are not at Pinery Canyon Campground we will be at Rustler Park Campground6) For the Rustler Park Campground take a right on FS 42d just past onionsaddle, aprox 2.0 miles past Pinery Canyon Campground 7) Follow FS 42d for aprox 3.0 mile and look for signs. Look for green flagging and/or SIA signs at the intersections and at the campsite.
Contact: Sky Island Alliance, 520-624-7080

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